To the naturopathic physician, the organs of elimination are key players in the game plan of health. The kidney is one such organ, as it removes waste such as viruses, bacteria, and environmental toxins from the body.
To aid in this continual circuit of detoxification, the naturopathic doctor (ND) teaches their patients how to make lifestyle changes that will cut down the intake of toxins and facilitate their elimination.
With less stress on the body's various systems, greater health is the end result.
The naturopath will recommend a diet that limits sugar and processed foods, and that emphasizes fruits and vegetables. Wherever possible, foods containing important nutrients are preferred over supplements.
The naturopath will look for food allergies or sensitivities, and may check the patient's pH balance. This scrutiny can enable the patient to modify their diet in ways that will satisfy their own individual needs.
Any supplementation will be such things as herbs and vitamins, homeopathic treatments, and whole foods.
Many types of teas are beneficial, such as dandelion, goldenrod, hydrangea and parsley. Cordyceps and milk thistle are examples of some kidney-friendly supplements.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids reduce inflammation and aid in filtering out toxins. Omega-3 oil can be found in capsule or liquid form as a supplement, or can be eaten in fish like salmon or sardines.
The naturopath will encourage a patient to drink plenty of water and perhaps limit their salt (sodium) intake. If a patient has a problem with retaining fluid (edema) or if they are puffy under the eyes, more water and less salt makes the kidneys' job easier.
Alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee and black tea are discouraged since they burden the kidneys.
Increased water and reduced salt also reduces the risk of kidney stones. Cranberry juice and supplementation of magnesium and vitamin B6 may be recommended.
Keeping blood pressure down helps the kidneys and so the naturopath may recommend exercise and weight loss, along with supplements like CoQ10, calcium, and magnesium.